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The News in HIV the past few weeks has been the same message: Get people tested. Get people antiretrovirals. It saves lives. YAY!!! KINDA! FOR NOW! Test and Treat in Los Angeles: A mathematical model of the effects of test-and-treat for the MSM population in LA County. This group of folks looked at a very…

HIV-1 and Antiretrovirals: The drugs work

In A Perfect World, everyone who was infected with HIV-1 would be tested and treated. 1– People with access to antiretrovirals live longer. Increases in Adult Life Expectancy in Rural South Africa: Valuing the Scale-Up of HIV Treatment I really like the introductory paragraph to this paper: For most of the 20th century, life expectancy…

HIV– Its a terrible game of chance. Odds of HIV transmission are, superficially, rather low (its no measles). And, we can make the risk of transmission even lower various pro-active ways– antiretroviral use to keep viral loads down in HIV+ people (especially in pregnant women about to give birth), screening donated blood and organs, condom…

The Thinking Atheist and ERV!

A few weeks ago, The Thinking Atheist was in town– He gave us a sweet preview of the new video hes planning on officially unveiling at the American Atheists convention and  signing copies of his new book “Deconverted“. Beforehand, he set up some camera equipment and did quick impromptu interviews with fellow OK Skeptics Caleb…

I really hate blogging on non-published information, but for the second time in as many weeks, we have had interesting information come out of CROI.  This bit of news isnt as exciting. It pretty much confirms my annoyed Debbie Downer stance on using antiretrovirals in non-infected individuals as a means to prevent HIV infection (thats…

The sequester and HIV/AIDS

This year, we have had some educational moments in HIV/AIDS treatment. 1. A paper Ive been meaning to blog about demonstrated that the sooner an HIV+ individual starts antiretroviral therapy, the better. Ideally, <4 months after infection: Enhanced CD4+ T-Cell Recovery with Earlier HIV-1 Antiretroviral Therapy 2. A baby might have successfully cleared HIV-1 infection…

Wait…Did a kid just get cured of HIV?

Okay, I have a ‘reputation’ on the internet. You hear some wonderful news via Google alerts or on the MSN homepage about some FANTASTIC breakthrough with HIV… and then you come to ERV to come crashing back to reality. So, you might have heard about the kid who ‘got cured of HIV infection’… Debbie Downer…

HIV and Islam: Cutting heads off the Hydra

A 12-year-old girl with sickle cell anemia in Saudi Arabia just got a blood transfusion that was tainted with HIV. In response, some politicians were fired/fined. Problem solved. *blink* Except the ‘problem’ of HIV in Islamic countries wasnt caused by some administrative oversight. There are no gay people in Iran. None at all. No one…

Everyone has been wanting to know about this news item: Scientists say vaccine temporarily brakes HIV Therapeutic HIV Vaccine Shows Promise Huge Breakthrough In HIV Research Brings Us Closer To A Vaccine This is the actual paper: A Dendritic Cell–Based Vaccine Elicits T Cell Responses Associated with Control of HIV-1 Replication They did something super…

HIVs controlled by HERVs

Technically, its the immune response to the HERVs that can control the HIVs, not the HERVs directly. Ive written about the proposed connection between ERVs and HIV a couple times before– Briefly, viruses do lots of things by accident.  Things just happen.  Sometimes viruses make us blind for no good reason, or give us cancer…